Shoe memorial represents thousands of victims of U.S. gun violence

Shoe memorial represents thousands of victims of U.S. gun violence

The shoes, all worn, were donated by thousands of people across the country, organizers said.

Celebrities were also among those who donated shoes, ABC reported.

Members of the AVAAZ group install 7000 shoes on the lawn in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, March 13, 2018. KGO-TV reports, the display is part of a massive memorial by a community organization called Avaaz.

"I'll travel to D.C. literally wearing my son Daniel's shoes, the ones he wore the day he died at Columbine", said Tom Mauser. Shortly after the Parkland shooting, the group set up a trio of billboards, near Marco Rubio's Florida headquarters. Her daughter survived the shooting. She said open access to weapons is "giving power to trembling hands". "Students are walking out of their schools, survivors are marching in the streets and parents are here on the Capitol to honor the children we've lost and make a clear demand: Not one more gun death".

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Wednesday's #ENOUGH National School Walkout, organized by the activists who helped plan the Women's March in Washington for the past two years, will begin at 10 a.m. local time (1400 GMT). "Together they held up a sign that read "#NotOneMore", indicating that no more children should have to go through the pain, caused by gun violence.

Tuesday's shoe memorial is reminiscent of a monument on the Danube River near the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest commemorating thousands of people, including Jews, killed by fascists in the 1940s.

A 19-year-old with a semi-automatic rifle killed 17 people at a high school in Florida on February 14, sparking rage among parents, students and educators.

And, on March 24, there will be another large demonstration against gun violence.

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